Friendly and approachable consultant with over 10 years experience working in an SEN Team in a local authority.
My services for families are for those who are finding that the free advice available from their IAS Service (formerly known as Parent Partnership) or charities is not helpful for them, and who are not at the stage of needing to instruct a lawyer in order to advance their case.
The services for schools include advice about the new Education Health and Care (EHC) Plan system, and support where a school may be in dispute with the local authority over matters to do with an EHC Plan or a Statement of Special Educational Needs (SEN).
All work will start with an initial telephone or email consultation where we can discuss whether I am able to be of help during which we will agree the work I will do and the charges I will make.
Packages for particular pieces of work not set out below can be discussed and agreed as necessary.
EHC Plan or Statement 'Healthcheck'
A thorough check of your child's EHC Plan or Statement of SEN to ensure that all the strengths and difficulties described in the EHC (or in the case of Statements of SEN, statutory) assessment and, where applicable, annual reviews of the EHC Plan or Statement of SEN are included in the EHC Plan or Statement of SEN, with appropriate outcomes or objectives and specific provision relating to each area included. This package will include a telephone conversation or meeting with parents to discuss the EHC Plan or Statement of SEN and parents' views, and a written report following the check identifying any areas of concern. Additional support can be agreed at an extra charge to the price below.
Prices start at: £295
Request for EHC assessment
Support and advice on putting together a comprehensive request to the local authority for an EHC assessment in order to increase the likelihood of the request being successful, and the full EHC assessment being carried out.
Prices start at:
£225 for advice and support to the school or parent making the request on what it needs to cover before the request is submitted to the local authority.
£125 for advice to parents on what they should send to the local authority as their contribution to a request submitted to the local authority by the school or a professional.
Transfer to an EHC Plan
Support and advice throughout the transfer process to ensure that the process is compliant with SEND law and the Code of Practice, and that all necessary new information is gathered and used to inform the EHC Plan, with full involvement of the child or young person and their family. This package includes telephone and email support with the transfer process and a healthcheck of the EHC Plan as described above. Additional support such as attendance at meetings with the local authority can be agreed at an extra charge.
Prices start at: £395
Support for parents at meetings
I can provide support for parents at meetings with the local authority or school including annual reviews or transition reviews within 25 miles of Maidenhead. This service includes either a pre-meeting with parents or telephone consultation before the meeting, attending the meeting, reading of all the documents and written advice following the meeting. Additional support can be agreed at an extra charge to the price below.
Prices start at: £225